OUT on lecturn.
Bede Rashamon in his office at The Department of Spiritual
Affirmation (D.O.S.A.). It includes a desk, a chair, files, a
computer terminal, and monitors. The walls are alive with his thought
processes as they are projections of his mind. There is also a video
camera facing towards him. He holds a remote control device he uses
at various intervals and we become aware he is recording himself. His
image is screened on the monitors surrounding the space.
stylized mountain tower appears above him. Further images fade in
and out of the space as he proceeds to tell his story.
you pay attention to what I am recording, and to what I have
written, you will come to understand how you, as a citizen of the Can
Republic, are being duped and manipulated by the adherants to the
Book of SANCTIMONY. You will further understand why I, Bede Rashamon,
have had to act as I have while in this position as Chief Overseer of
The Department of Spiritual Affirmation, D.O.S.A., and the instigator
of the soon to be defunct K Project. You will further understand the
root cause of the epidemic that is sweeping through the republic: The
Can Affliction. And I speak to you now as one of its victims.
of gruesome and decaying people sitting at computer terminals appear
at points through his speech.
Can Affliction! Let me tell you about it. My mouth has become so
decayed that a huge hole has been burned through to my nostrils into
my cranium. And through this hole, my brain has slowly begun to seep
down and mesh with the snot from my nose and the saliva from my mouth
to become osmosified, then slowly swallowed down the back of my
throat and into my stomach at which point it is broken down by
enzymes and digested into my system; the nutrients extracted and
disseminated via my blood through my arteries and veins into my
muscles. The rest broken down into waste products and ejected through
my bowels and bladder. But as my brain flows into my arteries, the
red blood cells are further digested: leaving me an anaemic wreck;
chronically exhausted, lifeless!
occasionally reaches over to the computer and clicks on a site which
illustrates some of the points he is making.
did I come to this predicament: digesting my own brain and blood?
How could such a hing be possible? This Can Affliction? Well, I'll
The above sample script is available FREE of charge
for reading purposes, workshopping in classes and community theatres
and evaluation of suitability and needs.
the whole script for $12 by clicking on the icon:
licence is available for a $120 (AUD) fee. Professional fees are 10%
of gross box office. However, we have found that scripts offered by
Shadow House PITS have had a resonance in areas which do not have a
capacity to pay. Should you wish to produce any of these works and do
not have a capacity to pay and/or recoup fee costs at box office,
then please just let me know. In such cases, I would just like to get
a report on the production and if possible, some photographic or
video imagery from the work. It has been most gratifying to hear of
small scale productions taking place in areas without charge. If any
of these works, or the plays in the "youth" section, are of
value to your group or school in financially poor areas please feel
most welcome to use the texts free of additional charge.
to be sure, the prime criteria for letting out the licence is a
passion for the material and a desire on the producer's part to
challenge audiences and the respective cultures where the work is to
be performed. None of the Shadow House PITS scripts are mere
entertainments. All are conceived within the context of personal,
social and cultural challenge. You are invited to join us on this
quest by producing one or more of these works within your own
cultural and community context. We invite you to exercise your
imagination and your desire to embrace theatre for change and
liberation. Let me know if you find any other offerings on the
Internet that have the same or similar aims.
more Shadow House PITS scripts here.
Performance licence is now available.